Although the night of Halloween is over, the Halloween season is not over yet. Whilst people held Halloween parties and kids went trick-or-treating, I chose to subject myself to the preview screening of Jigsaw.
The film is the 8th instalment in the notorious Saw series and has arrived in time for the blood and gore season.
For those not familiar with the Saw series, I would suggest not eating beforehand (luckily we didn't) because the graphic content will definitely induce a bit of nausea!
The movie centres on several people who are trapped in some sort of sick game. A creepy voiceover announces they have been selected because they have done wrong - lied or committed crimes - some time in their life and urges them to confess.
As the participants (or prisoners) deny blame, he subjects them to intense forms of torture that most ordinary people would not even be able to imagine. Be prepared to see blood, brains, guts and more.
As the local detectives find evidence of this sickening game, they are reminded of John Kramer, a criminal who performed similar acts when he was alive, but is now dead.
As they try to discover who the copycat killer is, the movie juxtaposes borderline unbearable scenes of screaming people being tortured with quiet scenes of detectives and suspects having discussions.
The 'game' eerily reminded me of an Escape Room, because as the participants survived the torture of one room, they would move onto the next. But do they ever escape or does it just never end?
This is not a spooky type of horror film that will make you lose sleep over creaks and cold gusts of air. This is a psychological horror thriller that makes you wonder, who could be capable of such heinous crimes? The action is full of gore and there are multiple suspects who could be behind it.
Hollywood films often have an unexpected but expected killer/criminal but in this case, there are many people who could fit that description and your head keeps bouncing between different people.
If you love the Saw series - here's another one for you. If you haven't, this one will still make sense if you watch it on its own.
Who is Jigsaw? You'll just have to watch and find out.
Jigsaw is out in cinemas from Thursday November 2nd. Watch the trailer below or buy your tickets here.